Henry County Medical Center Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

PARIS, TN – Henry County Medical Center is proud to be a part of the vaccination process where over 3 million Tennesseans have received immunization.  HCMC has fully vaccinated approximately 5,000 people, helping our county to achieve almost a 30% vaccination rate for at least one dose of a vaccine.  This is one of the highest in the state.

Henry County Medical Center is proud to continue to be a COVID-19 vaccination provider to our community, working with the State of TN and the Henry County Health Department to vaccinate our community.  At HCMC, we have administered all three vaccines to our community and have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our partners and community members during this process.

Henry County Medical Center is aware of the reports from the FDA and CDC to pause administration of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution due to six reported nationwide cases of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis.  It is an evolving situation we are monitoring closely.

“Per the Tennessee Department of Health’s recommendations, we have appropriately marked the remaining Johnson and Johnson vaccine as ‘Do Not Use’ and continue its storage in the appropriate temperature settings,” said Paula Bell, PharmD, BCPS, Director of Pharmacy at HCMC.

As described in the Joint FDA and CDC news release, patients who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and experience the following symptoms should seek medical attention with their Healthcare Provider or the nearest Emergency Room:

  • severe headache
  • abdominal pain
  • leg pain
  • shortness of breath

These severe symptoms that may indicate a blood clot are being reported by the FDA to appear between one to three weeks after the vaccination with the average presentation at nine days after the vaccination.

To read the full statement:  https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html  To watch the full news conference held on April 13 on the FDA’s YouTube channel:  https://youtu.be/_ELXnGYgsJY

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your health care provider.  To learn more, go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org or go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 8 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned